Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
~ There is no reason for him to say this.
~ You do not say ever "there is a player we like and will pick at #30."
~ People will assume it's Fleener because of the Harbaugh connection.
~ Making it more difficult to obtain him now. We will have to trade up because people will try to get ahead of us.
~ Never tell anybody. Media, fans, other teams what you will do.
People were linking the Niners to Fleener well before this quote came out. It appears that you think this reinforces that idea, while others feel that it could be an indication of a "wild card", someone not already suggested.
"After all, the suggestion is that the 49ers have another surprise pick up their sleeve, which would seem to rule out likely first-rounders such as Stanford tight end Coby Fleener or Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright."
Also, I don't believe Baalke's quote delivers any sort of confirmation for a particular player, be it Fleener or otherwise. He seems to agree with you about revealing information.
"I think we're going to leave that up to the 31 other teams to assess what our needs are and what we may be thinking going into the draft"
"I'm not going to talk about any particular player. Once again, that's for 31 other teams to decide…"
"We're not going to rule out anything right now. Every player in the draft is a possibility."
I'd consider it a problem if Baalke had named a specific player or position. He did neither of those.